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heart day!

according to the united states of america i am supposed to be watching the Super Bowl right now.
but i have been to so many games in the last three days that i could literally NOT care one tiny bit.
i saw that beyonce forgot her pants again this year and that was plenty.
so instead i crawled into my warm cozy bed and wrote a post about Valentine’s gifts.

we don’t celebrate valentine’s too much over here.
we just haven’t ever made it a big deal?  i have no reason for this.
but this year… it’s kind of inched it’s way into my head.
i am thinking about baking cookies and heart garlands and all the valentines-y goodies.
i started making a little list of fun valentine’s gifts or just fun stuff in reds & pinks and the list got out of control!
it’s a long one.
maybe you should show this post to your significant other…    :)
it couldn’t hurt right?!
i found so much cute stuff out there that would be perfect for gifts!
for friends or family or spouses or boyfriend/girlfriend or your kids or even a gift for yourself!



i thought this 3-Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Set was really cute!

i am BIG fan of cozy robes.
this Spa Collection Plush Robe came in lots of colors… and it’s not too short either!


For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

my favorite book of the summer by far!
i bought 6 more copies for friends!

how cute it this Tartan Wrap Plaid Shawl Blanket Scarf ??



i would love to have a pair of Toms Classic Red Canvas shoes!


these Colorful Rain Boots from Target are FUN!


i am pretty much HEAD OVER HEELS in love with these shoes!
i doubt there is a more perfect shoe for me.



Sweet Love Body CreamFragrance Mist Spray Body Wash
you can also find this at walmart or your grocery store      :)
this smells good (and don’t tell but all my daughters are getting this for valentines.)


56425_1this Lisa Leonard’s Heart Necklace is a favorite of mine.


this I Love You More Coffee Mug  made me smile.
i know it’s not red or pink but it’s SO CUTE in the yellow!


Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
the name of this perfume is perfect for valentines!
and i am a SJP fan – ever since Footloose.


everyone needs a Heart Shaped Waffle Maker!!
this is probably my favorite thing on the whole list!
how fun are heart shaped waffles?!
what a special Valentine’s Day breakfast that would be!


Emoji Smiley Emoticon Pillow  – silly but yet… i like this.
i would say it would be great for the kids but i probably use more emojis than they do.


Watercolor Pencils  to color in a very pretty coloring book!
i have this one…Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book
it is filled with quote and verses!
i love it!



i love this 1st Corinthians print from Lindsay Letters!
i’m thinking of hanging this in our bedroom.
everyone needs reminders right?
“does not demand it’s way”  “is not irritable”  “keeps no record of wrongs”
yeah… reminders are good.


Pink Hair Dryer
this would be a practical and colorful gift!


2294946Maybelline Lip Gloss Palette
i think MY makeup bag needs this!

i thought these prints were cute & unique… Hippo With Hearts Octopus Love Giraffe Love


everybody loves a hello sweatshirt!
hey had a few shirts with hearts as well but the classic always wins for me.    :)

81tlB4W+o2L._SL1500_ my girls would go bonkers if i got them the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
i just love those cameras!


every single thing from Katie Daisy’s shop is beautiful.
she had two full pages of prints about love!


i liked these simple and sweet night gowns from Forever21.


and i LOVED these super cute red jeans from GAP!
these are in my cart.
they are too fun!!

and what’s Valentine’s Day without a good love story?!!

The Proposal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Sixteen Candles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Notting Hill


Can’t Buy Me Love  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Serendipity  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Father of the Bride


An Affair To Remember  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sleepless in Seattle   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  You’ve Got Mail


Enchanted   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pride & Prejudice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Notebook


When Harry Met Sally…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  My Big Fat Greek Wedding  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Breakfast At Tiffany’s


How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   The Vow  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Date Night

Hundred-Foot Journey  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   50 First Dates   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Tangled


i know what you are thinking… what about for the boys in our life?
i did some searching and thinking about what would be liked at my house…

Nike socks are always a hit at our house.
these were all at Kohls.


1346974_Gym_Red_White As well as Nike Basketball Shorts.
this style is my favorite… a classic.


pDSP1-21671906p275wthis Under Armour Shirt would be a great gift for a dude.



Papa John’s Pizza Gift Card would be the biggest hit at my house!



Trivia Crack Board Game!!
my kids love this app on their phone but if we had the board game we could play together!



there has been all kinds of talk about smoking meat over here.
none by me.
so i am thinking this book A Meat-Smoking Manifesto would be a good gift!


Star Wars mugs are fun!
A New Hope            Storm Trooper               Darth Vader                 Luke Skywalker Rebel Pilot

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how could you go wrong with Super Soft Flannel Pajama Pants?


and lastly….
Fandango Gift Card or an AMC Theatre Gift Card
because everyone likes to go to the movies!


Lisa - I don’t normally do much for Valentine’s Day but this list was fun to look through! You found some great stuff!

sharon / tpt - major awesome wish list! (i give heart wafflemakers for wedding gifts. it’s da’best!) i’m partial to that double heart necklace. also, add Hope Floats to the must have vDay movies??

(love your blog, as always~)

Morgan - I am a fan of Vday, but more so just in a general sense of letting people know how much they are loved. I do enjoy the decor and baking treats and all that too. :) I love the gift ideas!

Amy - Love this gift list!!

Teyonce - First of all, buy me those shoes..and the mug. The movie list makes me want to stay in my jammies and watch them all right this second. And, I had NO IDEA trivia crack had a board game, my family would love that. I like this list. and you. as more than a friend.

Jodie R. - I am considering the fuji camera–but I have 2 girls…I’m leaning towards having them share…bad idea?

Kari - Ha, ha, ha! Beyonce forgot her pants. I LOVE that. I am about over Beyonce. I love all your picks! But, what I love even more is seeing all the colors shining off my monitor.

Beth Ann - “i saw that beyonce forgot her pants again this year” hahaha – so true! My 8 & 9 year old kiddos were very uncomfortable with beyonce missing her pants and moving the way she did. props to her for her amazing body and the ability to dance the way she can, but not really family friendly. i am glad you called out her missing pants, I thought maybe I was being to big of a prude.

Kathie W. - My husband is a BBQer, smoker and competitor…I got him Aaron Franklin’s book A Meat-Smoking Manifesto for our anniversary (in January) and he is LOVING it…I have yet to be able to enjoying anything from the book, but I know it is coming soon! Great choice.

kristin - Love your blog and all of your suggestions!

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organization made beautiful

i got the most fun package in the mail!
emily from jones design co. sent me the Paper Works February Collection.
i hadn’t even heard of this before.
i opened it up and kept saying “oh wow!” “oh this is beautiful!” over and over!
it is SO PRETTY!
i texted my friends right away saying “you won’t believe this package i got in the mail!”
FullSizeRender 86the kit just kept going!
a calendar… weekly dinner menus… grocery lists… a print to frame… note cards… chore charts…. scripture cards… general lists… daily lists… and in this month’s there is a bonus of a make your own garland and stickers for grown up valentines.
it makes organization beautiful!

look at all that gorgeous stuff?!!!
the kits are part of a subscription program… they ship on the 15th of each month.
you can also choose from three different monthly subscription options:
the digital version – where you print everything yourself.
the print – where you get digital and also a professionally printed copy in the mail of many of the products
the print plus – you get everything above AND so much more… like everything in these pictures

you can purchase by the month or yearly.
you can cancel anytime.
each month has a different design.
which personally i love because i like change!

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i can’t stop staring at it.
and i can’t wait to use it!
who knew i could enjoy making a dinner menu?!

and this is so much prettier than my random ripped up notebook papers!
ha ha ha

i am honestly SO EXCITED to have this!
i can’t wait to see what comes every month!
what a treat!

and here’s something awesome… Emily is offering $5 off your first month’s order!
CLICK HERE for a code to use when you check out in the shop.

i think you are going to love it as much as i do!

Mindy - I have been following Emily’s blog for a while. Such beautiful prints as well! (And don’t forget the house tour – so cute!)

jen - I’ve ordered prints from her before and but never the monthly kit. This is definitely making me want to give a try.

Julie - I teach at KHS and saw your son at the FBLA district competition on Wednesday. I wanted to go talk to him so badly, but didn’t want to be another person who bothers him because she reads his mom’s blog. It was so funny though…I was walking through our old gym where the teams were hanging out on my way to the new gym where I was passing out tests. He was in the bleachers and looked so much like the pictures you have shared on your blog of him. Just sitting in the stands for his game to begin.

Rebekah - I’ve always wanted to try this and now with the code, I think I will! I love pretty paper goods- so inspiring to be creative!

Kari - They thought of everything in this kit! It sure is motivating to stay organized when the materials look pretty. Kind of like being motivated to work out when you have new gear!!!

emily - What a kind write-up! I’m so glad you love the designs – you’ll be very excited about March :)

Morgan - Those are beautiful papers! What a great kit. I love the floral design.

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my friends and compassion

three of my online-turned-real-life friends are on a special trip with Compassion International this week with their sons!
i am loving getting to follow along with them online.
you can follow along as well!

i read each of their posts and teared up thinking about all that they are experiencing.
i love these ladies.
and admire each of them so much.

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shannan martin with sweet Zulema

ashley campbell with Ismael

and ruth simons with Luz & Segundo

i read each of their stories so far then i clicked through the Compassion website.
i looked at the faces, into the eyes of those kids and my heart ached for every one of them.
we have talked as a family for years about sponsoring a child.
we’ve done all kinds of other programs and fundraisers but not one like this that is so personal.
well… no more waiting.

today is the day.

today was the day our family said yes to sponsoring!

hip hip hooray!

i am so glad there are ways to give in ways that connect.
i am so grateful there are organizations that do the work so that is possible to do something for others.
i am thrilled for my friends that they get to meet their sponsor families and share a bond now.
that’s huge!

thanks Compassion for doing work that makes a difference!


Lisa - I loved following their trip on Instagram! So cool! We have sponsored kids through a different organization. But I love Compassion and know they are such a wonderful organization.

Sarah Lahrman - My husband and I sponsor a child through Compassion as well. It is such a great feeling to know how much you can impact the lives of these children at such a small price. The letters you get just melt your heart. to. pieces. Congrats :)

leslie - My family has been sponsoring a little girl in Bolivia through Compassion for about five years now. It is such a worthwhile experience! For the price of a large pizza each month we are able to support her and help her family learn of God. And the letters we get are so precious!

Jenn - What wonderful news! Congratulations!

Heather S. - I find it surprising that you don’t already do this. No reason, really, just assumed you probably did. My husband and I began sponsoring a girl together when we were college students. She grew up and out of the program and we took on another girl. As my girls grew they became more interested in Compassion. Now we have 4 Compassion girls and my 13 yo has been a Compassion correspondent for three years now. She is responsible for writing to 2 of our girls and an additional girl who has a financial sponsor, but no personal relationship. It’s an incredible way for my girl to speak love into the lives of other girls around the world. We have the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ghana, and Brazil all represented and my girls learn about these cultures through our correspondence as well. It is an awesome way to serve!

Kelly - That’s so exciting!! You have a new “baby”. Blessings! Kelly

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an hour on pinterest

follow along with me as i click-click-clicked my way through pinterest this morning.
(click on photo for source)

how cute are these?!
they had me at sprinkles…

80c9ee3962b552a4d426cc79833af8fcspeaking of cute AND tiny… 
these mixed drinks in jars are ADORABLE!

this shirt is awesome!

this somehow led me to embroidery.
it’s all so pretty!
i want all the mexican flowers!


LOVED this wall!
the shiplap… the game boards… the crates… it’s so good!
and how sweet is this simple wall treatment?

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swiss crosses forever!

and then this week i saw pam garrison’s backdrop she made for a class she is teaching.
i mean… dang PAM!!!
it is so beautiful!
send it to me when they’re done with it.
ha ha ha!

which led me to alissa burke’s beautiful walls…. sighhhh.

but you know i need some color…
making this wall would be so. much. fun!

what fun place to shower!
it would be hard to feel sad in there.

i would like to sit here and drink my coffee.

colorful tiles are happy!


i love the bright floor against the ALL WHITE bathroom.

but these yellows are like soaking in the SUNSHINE!
i admire people for going of it and making fun rooms like these.

i love the different shades of green but mostly i want to FEEL these walls!
you can tell that it has texture and dimension and that is dreamy to me!

that floor?
it’s too much.
too perfect.
i want to lay down next to this cat and i could die a happy lady!  :)

rainbow executed in the best way.
simple and fun.

and then i felt hungry and started thinking about dinner…

and of course… dessert.

and then my coffee cup was empty and i had to get up and do something else.

M - That green and white tile floor IS amazing! The embroidery work is fantastic and I would like to eat that squash filled boat for lundh today please : ) Great compilation!

PS: I like your hour time limit – sometimes I go way less but have to admit having went over that mark a few times…oy…

Morgan - I get lost in Pinterest too. I love looking at the decor and food and house ideas. So fun! I love all the colorful bathrooms you found! I am a big fan of color.

jennibell - So. . .if I had an hour I would totally do this too!!! I’m going to come back and pin some myself :)
I saw an article today and thought of you (I know, so weird. . .you don’t know me, I don’t know you yet I see something and think of you. . .) and couldn’t find an e-mail on your site so thought I’d post it here. I really think it might speak to you. . .

Have a great week Meg!

Kristin S - Thanks for linking the photos! Off to Pin myself. :-) I mean, not literally pin myself…

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